So, you’ve been running Exchange 2003 for years. Sure, you may have sustained a few bumps and bruises along the way, but it’s done the job.
But on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for Exchange 2003. What does this mean for you and your business?
Simply put, it means that in just seven weeks you will no longer receive updates or patches of any kind from Microsoft. You won’t have access to support, online or otherwise, for any issues, whether they pop up on Tuesday during business hours or Saturday at 3 a.m.
Knowing that your system is up-to-date and protected 24×7 is crucial. Without support, that safety net is gone.
What Are Your Options?
To ensure that you have access to patching and support for your Exchange server, you have two options to consider before April 8: you can either upgrade your in-house solution or you can work with a cloud provider to host your email.
Here are a few pros and cons for you to consider when making your decision.
If you choose to invest in another on-premise solution:
If you trust your email management to a cloud provider:
Email is typically the first application that business use to “dip their toe” in the cloud. It’s a necessary and highly used tool that is, quite frankly, hard to manage and maintain all day, every day. Email, however, is typically not specific to any certain business, which makes it an ideal standardized application to trust in the hands of a cloud provider.
Click here to learn more about your options. If you’d like to talk to an email specialist who can provide more answers to your specific needs, give us a call or feel free to chat with us online.
Next week we will take a look at some of key things to consider when choosing a cloud provider if you decide to outsource your Exchange. Stay tuned.